ENTERPRISE- Apparent tornadoes killed at least 13
people in Alabama on Thursday, including eight at a high school where students
were trapped under a collapsed roof, state officials said.
Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Yasamie Richardson said eight fatalities
"are in relation to the high school but whether they are all students or some
students and teachers we're not sure."
House Speaker Seth
Hammett, at the statehouse in Montgomery, announced that five people had died at
Miller's Ferry in west Alabama, where another apparent tornado tore into mobile
A fallen tree rests atop a crushed pickup truck
after an early morning tornado moved through Caulfield, Mo., Thursday,
March 1, 2007.[AP]
Martha Rodriquez, a 15-year-old sophomore, said she had left the school about
five minutes before the storm hit. When she returned, a hall at the school had
collapsed, she said.
"The stadium was destroyed and there were cars tipped over in the parking lot
and trees were ripped out. There were trees and wood everywhere. It was just
horrible," she said.
More than 40 people were brought in to an Enterprise hospital as a violent
storm front crossed the state. The same system was blamed for a tornado that
killed a 7-year-old girl in Missouri.
Several school systems across Alabama closed or dismissed students early
Thursday as the storm front approached from the west, extending the length of
"The clouds were so dark that all the lights out here came on," said Walter
Thornton, who works at Enterprise Municipal Airport.